A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    B
Fairfield University is ...
Private not-for-profit, Catholic
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
Address
1073 N Benson Rd
Fairfield, CT 06824

Fairfield University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
65%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
ACT Range
25-29
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes
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Cost

Net Price
$36,598/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $25,428/ year
  • $30-48k
    $28,835/ year
  • $49-75k
    $32,111/ year
  • $76-110k
    $33,451/ year
  • $110k+
    $40,544/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
74%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.43 responses
51%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.43 responses
49%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.43 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,704Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
13%
Varsity Athletes
12%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 37 responses
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  • White, preppy, rich
    41%
  • White, clean cut, well off, smart, athletic, fun
    24%
  • Caring, considerate
    16%
  • White, smart, rich, good looking, friendly.
    14%
  • Ambitious
    3%
  • North Face and Ugg boots
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
94%
Poll
91%
of students say they don't have Greek life.45 responses
Poll
54%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.80 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 35 responses
Report
  • The experience is what you make of it.
    51%
  • Boring
    14%
  • Lively
    14%
  • Spectacular
    14%
  • Wholesome
    6%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$69,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
82%
National
48%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
97%
National
83%
89%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.28 responses
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Fairfield gives its students every opportunity possible, students just need to be active in taking advantage of them. Your student email will be bombarded with updates on campus activities and applications for positions in various clubs and organizations. Overall, I wish I got more involved freshman year. If you do, it will be to your benefit. Everyone gets super close! The people here are great. Making friends is easy. The party scene is exactly what you make of it. If you aren't into that, there's TONS to do at night. Academics are challenging but fair. It's college and I'm happy to be challenged. I love Fairfield. It wasn't my top choice but I would not trade it for the world. It's everything and more.
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Fairfield University provides a solid education, with some aspects of their mission being inspired by Jesuit values. If you are not looking for a Catholic experience, there are ways to avoid it, and if you do want to be involved in Campus Ministry, you can. The large core of classes can be daunting, but it helps students become well-rounded and well-informed individuals. There are opportunities for research experience, club sports, and career-development - if you know who to talk to. Sometimes extra-curricular experiences are difficult to find, so make sure to talk to teachers and administration; they are happy to point you in the right direction. The town of Fairfield has very good food, and the campus is pretty, and in the process of improvements. Make sure to join a "Res College" your sophomore year - it is a wonderful experience that not many other schools offer.
This school deserves a solid three stars. While I love how Fairfield will prepare me well for a future in marketing and my academic experience so far has been 10/10, I am disgusted by the people here. School should not be about how pretty you are, or how much money your parents have. I have met genuinely mean people here and go home constantly due to a lack of friends. Coming from a very diverse high school I am astounded by the ignorance of the stuffy and racist white people here. I am very lucky to have gotten a great amount of financial aid to attend Fairfield but the student life here is just pitiful. If you aren't white, beautiful, preppy, or a party animal you will most likely live a miserable freshman year.